Satellite Image, Photo of Puerto Rico Island

Puerto Rico October 1989. The island of Puerto Rico, lying east-west, is slightly more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) long, and the average north-south width is about 35 miles (56 kilometers). More than three-fourths of Puerto Rico's land area consists of mountains and hills. The main chain of mountains running lengthwise is called the Cordillera Central in the west and the Sierra de Cayey in the east. Average land elevations are about 3000 feet (900 meters) above sea level, with the highest peak, Cerro de Punta at 4389 feet (1338 meters), located near the center of the photograph. The remainder of the island consists of lowlands and coastal plains. The two major cities of San Juan (estimated population 500 000) and Ponce (estimated population 200 000) are visible in the photograph. San Juan, the capital, is a port city on the north side of the island toward the eastern end, and Ponce is the major port city on the south side near the middle of the island. Note the sediment runoff from Puerto Rico that is occurring one month after the passage of Hurricane Hugo. The turbid plumes are from freshwater runoff, especially along the northern coast.
Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA/JPL/NIMA

Hurricane Frances (06L) off Puerto Rico (afternoon overpass)

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Frances on August 31, 2004, at 17:55 UTC (1:55 PM EDT). At the time this image was taken Frances was located approximately 230 km (140 miles) north-northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and was moving towards the west near 26 km/hr (16 mph). Maximum sustained winds were near 225 km/hr (140 mph) and the storm’s minimum central pressure was down to 942 millibars.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Hurricane Isabel north of Puerto Rico

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASAs Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Isabel about 400 miles north of Puerto Rico on September 14, 2003, at 14:45 UTC. At the time, Isabel was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, making it a rare and powerful Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Puerto Rico Island 1851

Puerto Rico Island by Teniente Coronel, Capítan de Ingenieros D. Francisco Coello. The statistics and historical notes have been written by D. Pascual Madoz Madrid 1851.